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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Google Play Music Family Plan Rolling Out Soon For $14.99 Per Month [Google Event Recap]

Last week's keynote has made it clear that Google wants to make its presence felt in the music space. The tech giant made plenty of announcements at the event and many of them were related to music in some way or the other.

Google Play Music is one of the top options for Android users when it comes to music streaming. Currently, you can only get an individual subscription to the service for $9.99 per month. But in response to competing services like Apple Music, Rdio and Spotify announcing reduced price family plans, Google will soon provide an option of their own.

Google's family plan is similar to Apple Music but different from Spotify. The main difference is in the way the plan will be priced. Check out this comparison below...

Google Play Music Family Plan: $14.99 per month - Access for up to 6 family members.
Apple Music Family Plan: $14.99 per month - Access for up to 6 family members.
Spotify Family Plan: $14.99 - $29.99 per month - Access for 2 to 6 family members.

As you can see, Spotify's plan will cost you double compared to Apple's and Google's plans for six family members.

With the Google Play Music Family Plan, each family member will be able to use a separate account login and customize their music preferences individually. The Play Music app will serve up recommendations that are tailored to each user. And you will be able to stream music from multiple devices.

Google Play Music and Android Auto

If you didn't know, Google Play Music is compatible with Android Auto. With the family plan, each family member will be able to hook up their own smartphone to a compatible dashboard and enjoy the music they like via Android Auto.

Android Auto requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or later and a compatible smartphone. You also need an Android Auto-compatible aftermarket head unit or car dashboard. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow starting to roll out this week, it will be interesting to see if Google has made any changes to Android Auto in the upcoming operating system.

Google Play Music is also available on iOS via their app. But the app is not Apple CarPlay compatible. It is not known whether Google plans to add CarPlay-compatibility at this point, or if Apple will ever allow the app in CarPlay either.

According to Google, they are still putting the finishing touches on the Google Play Music Family Plan, and the subscription option will be available later this year. You should be able to avail of the 30-day one-time free trial when you sign up.

Source: Google

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